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Stephen Strasburg goes three innings in second start

Sep 11, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was supposed to go five innings Sunday in his second start since returning to the major leagues. He made it only three, but the outing was far from a disaster.

Strasburg yielded just one run on three hits while striking out four Astros hitters. He did not issue a walk and threw 39 of his 57 pitches for strikes.

Mark Zuckerman of has more.

The 23-year-old Strasburg has now thrown eight major league innings since returning last week from a year-long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He’s allowed five hits and one earned run, with eight strikeouts and zero walks. His fastball has been clocked consistently in the high-90s.

Strasburg will take on the Marlins next weekend in yet another home start.

  1. mianfr - Sep 11, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Yeah, why did they pull him exactly?

    • jimbo1949 - Sep 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      Too many pitches, a lot of them fouled off. He was on a 60+- count.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      His first start was deceptive; he threw 5 IP because he threw few pitches. Today, he threw one more pitch, but that only got him through 3 IP.

      1st start = 56 pitches in 5 IP; 101 pitches per 9 IP
      2nd start = 57 pitches in 3 IP; 171 pitches per 9 IP

      1st start = 40 strikes, 71.4%
      2nd start = 39 strikes, 68.4%

      Not a bad performance, but he’s still on a short leash.

      • Old Gator - Sep 12, 2011 at 3:30 AM

        Pah. He’s merely mortal.

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